Star-Fleet Communications

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You may be looking for Star Fleet Communications, a club zine published in the 1980s or a different newsletter called Starfleet Communications that was published by STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc..

Title: Star-Fleet Communications (also referred to as "Starfleet Communications")
Publisher: The Star Trek National Fan Club
Editor(s): Craig Highberger out of Pittsburgh, US
Date(s): June 1968-December 1968
Frequency: it was to have been published six times a year
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek
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Star-Fleet Communications was a newsletter published by The Star Trek National Fan Club.

For similar zines of this era, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

There were two issues published. A third one may have been published, but likely not. From Plak-tow #13 (March 1969): "Caig regretfully announces that due to lack of time and funds, SFC is putting yearbook material into one last large issue and will then refund leftover subscription money. If you have any questions about your SFC sub, be sure to enclose stamped, self-addressed envelope."

Issue 1

Star-Fleet Communications 1 was published in June 1968 and contains 6 pages.

first page of story in issue #1, one of the very first Star Trek fanfiction works
cover of issue #1
  • Sub Space Communications and Bits of News
  • reproduction of a ST 8 x 10 Publicity Photo (Susan Oliver and Jeffrey Hunter (Vena and Capt. Pike) from "The Menagerie")
  • The Flowers of Circe, a very, very early example of fan-published Star Trek fiction, author is Lucretia Soderberg (part one)
  • Contest and More News (the editor writes: "Presently, we are working on a New Introductory Booklet to Star Trek to be sent to all members and given to all new members. Should be out in July.")
  • Communication from STNFC president
  • stuff for sale

Issue 2

Star-Fleet Communications 2 was published in July 1968 and contains 4 pages.

cover of issue #2
  • the editor writes: " How is Star-Fleet Communications printed, what process? We use the Xerox 914 copier - you can copy anything on almost any type paper. It makes offset masters in addition to regular copys."
  • The Flowers of Circe, part two, by Lucretia Soderberg (fiction)
  • a drawing of the interior of the shuttlecraft as viewed from above, plus a detailed description
  • some detailed dialogue from the episode "The Apple" plus a photo
  • the editor writes that he is planning a yearbook issue

Issue 3

Star-Fleet Communications 3 was published in August 1968.

  • The Flowers of Circe, part three, by Lucretia Soderberg (fiction)
  • other unknown content

Issue 4

Star-Fleet Communications 4 was published in September/October 1968 and contains 11 pages.

  • table of contents
  • SFC Sept/Oct Contest – a simple trivia game
  • Priority One, soliciting new officers for the club
  • Star Trek Television Sightings, with Highberger’s review of Leonard Nimoy’s appearance on an episode of Sea Hunt
  • Landing Party, a poem by S. Regal
  • Baycon Report, by Maryann Cappa, on the 1968 Worldcon
  • full page cartoon by Martine Walther, "What the 'Enterprise' crew thinks of old ole 'Daddy' Kirk"

Issue 5/6

Star-Fleet Communications 6 was published in November/December 1968 and contains 2 pages.

front page of the last issue, Spock and a sehlat
  • the editor explains that there will be no more regular issues:
    It is with a heavy heart (and after a lot of thinking) that I must inform you of a format change concerning Star Fleet Communications. It is now apparent that publication of a bi-monthly (every two months) fanzine consumes far too much time, effort and, most important, extra funds to be a worth-while venture. The response from studio officials (and, to a far lesser degree, the fans themselves) is hardly satisfactory, taking into consideration the great amounts of money spent each nonth. So, THESE WILL BE NO MORE BI-MONTHLY ISSUES OF S.F.C.! Instead, we will put all the articles, photos, reports, etc, that are left over, into a large, bound (covers) issue. All money paid for issues not printed will be returned. This will take weeks, and we need your full co-operation. NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ANSWERED, UNLESS YOU ENCLOSE A STAMPED, SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE, (naturally, this does not apply to all regular writers, you know who you are!